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"This is a traditional tart eaten in Naples at Easter," says Ingram. "The legend goes that a mermaid called Parthenope in the Gulf of Napoli would sing to celebrate the arrival of spring each year. One year, to say thank you, the Neapolitans offered her gifts of ricotta, flour, eggs, wheat, perfumed orange flowers and spices. She took them to her kingdom under the sea, where the gods made them into a cake. I love to add nibs of chocolate to Parthenope cake because I think it marries nicely with the candied orange and sultanas, but, really, do you need an excuse to add chocolate to anything?" Start this recipe a day ahead to prepare the pastry and soak the sultanas.

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Oyster Po Boy


You'll need

  Oyster Po Boy 24 Pacific oysters, shucked 3 eggs, lightly whisked 85 gm (½ cup) fine yellow cornmeal 85 gm (½ cup) coarse yellow cornmeal For deep frying: peanut oil 4 long bread rolls 8 leaves of butter lettuce 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, thinly sliced To serve: lemon wedges   Tartare sauce 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp lemon juice 250 ml (1 cup) sunflower oil 2 tbsp small salted capers, rinsed 5 cornichons, finely chopped ½ red onion, finely chopped ¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Method

  • 01
  • For tartare sauce, whisk together egg yolk and lemon juice until frothy. Whisking continuously, add oil in a thin, steady stream until emulsified, then season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir through remaining ingredients and refrigerate until required.
  • 02
  • Remove oysters from shell and pat dry with absorbent paper. Season whisked eggs with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Combine cornmeals on a plate and season to taste. Dip oysters in egg, then coat with cornmeal. Heat oil in a large deep saucepan or deep fryer to 180C. Fry oysters in batches for 3-4 minutes or until golden, then drain on an absorbent paper-lined plate.
  • 03
  • Halve bread rolls and spread with tartare sauce. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, fried oysters and enclose. Serve with lemon wedges.

While oysters, mussels and scallops receive their fair share of attention, there's a bevy of other shellfish, too, such as pippies, cockles and clams, which promise plenty of pleasure on the plate. These daintier varieties, along with mussels, should be purchased alive. You can check their condition by tapping any open shells - they should close immediately. They're sometimes sold sandless (that is, purged of sand), but if they're not, you'll need to purge them. Do this by soaking in salted cold water for about an hour. Discard any shells that don't open during cooking. While fresh scallops are available to restaurants, they're harder for home cooks to lay their hands on. Look for examples with plump flesh and always buy them fresh rather than frozen. If you can't find shellfish at your local market or fishmonger, give your local Chinatown a go.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

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Aug 2007

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